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Assigning Occupational standards/profiles to the EQF

The term occupational standard refers to occupational or qualification profiles, i.e. any form of official description of qualification / job profiles. It was chosen since it is a broad definition that takes into account the different countries’ traditions of describing occupational profiles.

European countries vary strongly regarding their application of occupational standards[1]. The countries examined are characterised by strong differences in their tradition of describing occupational standards. The differences identified are found in: (1) the role of description of occupational standards, i.e. do they have an impact on the design of training programmes; (2) degree and extent of official descriptions ranging from highly standardised systems such as are found in Germany and Austria to highly flexible systems where there is no official description of occupational and educational standards; (3) form of description of national occupational standards, including the extent of official description of learning outcomes, referencing to work processes etc; (4) the referencing of occupational and qualification standards to qualifications frameworks or other official referencing tools.

From the EQF Predict projects findings occupational profiles or equivalent instruments are necessary to ensure proper EQF application. Such an instrument ideally covers the following elements for EQF adaptation:

Please find examples for such EQF-compatible occupational standards/profiles here.

[1] cp. CEDEFOP (2009). The dynamics of qualifications: Defining and renewing occupational and educational standards.


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